Cottman Avenue changes direction

A five-block sec­tion of Cottman Av­en­ue in Ta­cony was sched­uled to be­come a two-way street on Wed­nes­day, Aug. 31, at 10 a.m.

For many years, Cottman Av­en­ue between Tor­res­dale Av­en­ue and State Road car­ried two lanes of west­bound traffic.

Crews were to open a single east­bound lane. That stretch of Cottman Av­en­ue will con­tin­ue to have two west­bound lanes.

The re­built road is part of the first stage of a two-stage pro­ject to re­con­struct and im­prove the Cottman Av­en­ue in­ter­change on In­ter­state 95.

Cottman Av­en­ue’s new east­bound lane will tem­por­ar­ily ter­min­ate as a right turn only onto south­bound State Road. 

The east­bound lane will even­tu­ally carry traffic to a new south­bound on-ramp that will be built on the east side of State Road dur­ing the second and fi­nal stage of the im­prove­ment pro­ject.

PennDOT’s second stage of con­struc­tion at the in­ter­change is sched­uled to start early next year.

The two-way traffic pat­tern is one of sev­er­al changes be­ing im­ple­men­ted by PennDOT on blocks near the in­ter­change.

On Aug. 16, a new on-ramp to south­bound I-95 opened at State Road and Long­shore Av­en­ue. The former south­bound on-ramp at Prin­ceton Av­en­ue and Key­stone Street closed.

State Road has also been widened to in­clude two south­bound lanes, along with one north­bound lane, between Cottman Av­en­ue and New State Road.

In ad­di­tion, a five-block stretch of Prin­ceton Av­en­ue, which is cur­rently one-way east­bound, will be con­ver­ted to a two-way street between Tor­res­dale Av­en­ue and State Road in the fall.

In all, the pro­ject costs $31.9 mil­lion. Work star­ted in May 2009.

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